Kgatleng pioneers waste-to-energy plant

Officials during the signing ceremony last Thursday. PIC KAGISO ONKATSWITSE
Officials during the signing ceremony last Thursday. PIC KAGISO ONKATSWITSE

The Kgatleng District Development Foundation (KDDF) and Clean Energy Botswana have signed an agreement to establish a Carbon Capture Plant at Pilane landfill that will also produce electricity.

During the signing ceremony last Thursday, it was revealed that the pioneering plant will consist of two phases, each costing US$85 million (P733m) and will create between 500 to 1,000 jobs when spin-off activities such as quarrying, recycling and salvaging are added.

The plant will receive and process available solid waste, capture and neutralise carbon dioxide emitted in the processes and produce mineral commodities as well as electricity.  The plant is the result of a partnership between KDDF, Kgatleng District Council, Hellelinics Geo-Technical Engineering, Kalahari Conservation Society, Kagisano Innovations and Synchrona Waste Management.

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